DC Mayor enacts laws to legalize adult cannabis sales

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Is Legalizing Cannabis Sales The Way To A Better DC? Mayor Muriel Bowser believes it could be.

Is Legalizing Cannabis Sales The Way To A Better DC? Mayor Muriel Bowser believes it could be.

She proposed the Safe Cannabis Sales Act of 2021.

According to the law, cannabis sales would be limited to those aged 21 and over and would be taxed at 17%.

The tax revenue from the sale of cannabis would flow back into the low-income color communities, which they believe have been disproportionately harmed by the criminalization of cannabis.

“This is about security, justice and justice,” said Bowser in a press release. “Through this legislation, we can fulfill the will of DC voters, remove barriers to entry into the cannabis industry, and invest in programs that serve residents and neighborhoods hardest hit by marijuana criminalization.”

If the legislation is passed this year, adult cannabis sales could start by October 1, 2022.

Key provisions of the Safe Cannabis Sales Act of 2021, as set out by the Mayor:

Address past damage

  • Requires automatic deletion of records for certain cannabis convictions.
  • Reinvests cannabis sales tax revenues in targeted stations and programs to help those disproportionately harmed by the criminalization of cannabis.

$ 1 million in FY23 and $ 2 million in FY24 and subsequent years would be available in financial and technical start-up assistance for social justice applicants and returning citizens. The Aspire to Entrepreneurship program would provide an additional $ 500,000 for returning citizens.

Reduce barriers

  • Allows all returning DC citizens and residents with a criminal background to obtain an employee or manager’s license to work in a cannabis company.
  • Allows all returning DC residents and residents with a cannabis belief to own a cannabis business.

Improving public health and safety

  • Creates a safe, legal marketplace that is not focused on any part of town that does not sell cannabis with more dangerous drugs, and reduces the demand for illegal drugs that lead to violence in DC neighborhoods.
  • Requires that all cannabis products sold be tested by an independent testing facility within 60 days of being approved by an independent testing facility licensed for DC Cannabis. Cannabis products and cannabis products are tested for contaminants and effectiveness.
  • Fixes industrial weapons by banning them in cannabis facilities.
    Implements strict rules and regulations on advertising, branding, and product placement to minimize exposure of minors to cannabis.

Creating paths to the middle class

  • Expands the work and business opportunities for DC residents by requiring at least 60% of the licensed employees and owners of each license to be DC residents.
  • Awards preference points on specific cannabis business proposals to returning DC citizens or residents arrested or convicted of a cannabis crime, or to a cannabis-certified or veteran-owned company.
  • Creates a microbusiness license to allow small businesses to enter the cannabis market.
    Creates a social equity supply license for third-party cannabis for social equity applicants who have exclusive rights to supply local retailers and micro-businesses for the first two years.

The plan provides business development support for micro-businesses, including non-cannabis companies, for $ 500,000. Five or fewer employees are in Districts 7/8, whose residents in those districts make up more than 50% of the property.

Invest in DC residents

  • Directs additional funding for programs for the people and neighborhoods hardest hit by the cannabis ban.
  • $ 1 million in Fiscal 23 and $ 2 million in Fiscal 24 and subsequent years for providing grants to locally disadvantaged certified companies to open / expand seating restaurants in Districts 7/8.
  • $ 250,000 for Fiscal Year 23 / $ 500,000 for Fiscal Year 24 and subsequent years for the Healthy Food Retail Program to Support Small Grocery Stores in Counties 7/8.
  • $ 3 million for Fiscal Year 23 and $ 6 million for Fiscal Year 24 and subsequent years for school supplies, equipment, and sports and after-school activities for students attending public schools in counties 5/7/8.
    Additional funding for programs and initiatives with low income or affordable housing.

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